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NCPA Elective Rotation in Association Management
Would you like to learn more about pharmacy association work? Do you have an interest in pharmacy ownership and entrepreneurship? If you answered yes to either of these questions, an Elective APPE Rotation in Association Management at NCPA may be right for you!

The purpose of the elective rotation is two-fold:

  1. Provides an experience that demonstrates the importance of a national pharmacy association to the profession.
  2. Provides a pharmacy student with an opportunity to become more aware of the vast opportunities that exist in independent community pharmacy practice.

Interested? Click here to visit the NCPA website for an FAQ document and application. Applications for May 2013 – May 2014 will be accepted until December 31.

Check Out the APPE Student Blog
AACP is accepting applications for APPE students who wish to complete a rotation and learn more about association work. A new blog allows current APPE students to post reflections about their experiences at AACP. For rotations occurring in fall 2013 and spring 2014, AACP will accept applications until Nov. 1. For more information, visit the AACP Web site. Contact:

Live Oak Bank "Financing Your Pharmacy" Video Now Available
Like the NCPA, Live Oak Bank aims to educate and empower pharmacists to help them achieve their dreams of ownership. We are now offering our presentation, "Financing Your Own Pharmacy," as an online resource through our website: . We hope you find it to be insightful and informative.

Live Oak Bank is here for you. We specialize in helping pharmacists acquire, refinance and expand their business. If you have questions, please contact one of our Sr. Loan Officers, Brian Faulk or Ed Webman, RPh, at 866.730.0938.


Congratulations to
Scholarship Winners!

Scholarship Program
The NCPA Foundation takes great pride in helping up-and-coming new leaders realize their aspirations of pharmacy ownership. The McKesson Foundation is the newest sponsor of the foundation's scholarship program. In 2012, the NCPA Foundation and Partners in Pharmacy are awarding educational aid to the following high achieving NCPA student members:

  • Tahlia L. Aarstad, University of Washington
  • Samantha Arrants, University of Mississippi
  • Rima H. Bouajram, University of Texas, Austin
  • Dustin G. Brooks, Auburn University
  • Bobby Clay, University of Houston
  • Elizabeth Crandall, Ohio Northern University
  • Margaret Ann DeLeo, Massachusetts Clg of Pharmacy
  • Andrew Heinz, University of Washington
  • David H. Jones, University of Georgia
  • Kim Karwoski, Drake University
  • Clarissa Manzi, University of Colorado
  • Bri Morris, University of Arkansas
  • Erik Nelson, Washington State University
  • Mylinh Nguyen, Washington State University
  • Chris Perling, University of Texas, Austin
  • Cortney Phillips, Ohio Northern University
  • Lacy Rudd, Texas A&M University
  • Madeline Shurtleff, University of Rhode Island
  • Lucas Smith, University of Colorado
  • Megan E. Sneller, Texas Tech University
  • Sarah Squires, Harding University
  • Anne Stegeman, University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • Abby R. Switzer, University of Kansas
  • Vivian Tang, Oregon State University
  • Trey L. Tietz, Wilkes University
  • Tadeh Vartanian, University of Southern California
  • Yu Wang, Roseman University, South Jordan
  • Holly Wilkerson, Harding University

Scholarship sponsors (as of 9/7/12): Apotex, McKesson Foundation, Rochester Drug Cooperative, Smith Drug Company, and TEVA

NCPA 114th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition
Join us October 13-17 this year in San Diego, CA for NCPA's 114th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition. Meet new friends, learn from experts, and succeed in your profession! What are you waiting for? Register today at a discounted rate of $150 for student members.

NCPA Student Chapter—Top Ways to Prepare for the NCPA Annual Convention
"Enhance the experience by making it one you won't forget"

Brought to you by the NCPA Student Leadership Council Region 2 Representatives, Brian McKinley, University of Arizona and Long Trinh, Oregon State University/ Oregon Health & Science University

It is difficult to believe that the NCPA Annual Convention is just two weeks away! Meet - Learn - Succeed, are the three simple words that define the NCPA Annual Convention. To enhance the NCPA student members experience at the Annual Convention and take advantage of opportunities available start planning your Convention experience today!

Provide Updates to Student Chapter Members:
Click here to access the NCPA Annual Convention schedule to include the Student Programming Schedule and Community Pharmacy Residency Showcase Participants. Plan your schedule with student chapter members in advance to ensure you attend all the exciting programming offered in San Diego! You won't want to miss events such as the Business Plan Competition on Saturday and Chapter Poster Sessions and Residency Showcase on Sunday!

Prepare for the Community Pharmacy Residency Showcase:
Are you interested in learning more about Community Pharmacy Residency Programs (CPRP) and what they have to offer? Research CPRP's participating in the NCPA Community Pharmacy Residency Showcase (see link above) and prepare questions for residency directors and current residents who will be participating the Showcase on Sunday, October 14 from 1:30pm - 6pm in the Exhibit Hall.

Stay Connected:
Download the official NCPA 2012 Convention App for your Smartphone to keep track of educational programs and other events you plan to attend at Convention! The 2012 Convention App is available for download from the iTunes Store and Android Market.

Plan an Outing Together with Your Chapter:
Attending Convention provides an opportunity to network with your peers and colleagues around the nation. Take this opportunity to catch up with your peers and chapter advisor after a day of programming. San Diego boasts a wide range of food options all within walking distance of the Convention Center and hotels in the popular Gaslamp Quarter. Visit for more information on dining and what to do in San Diego.

Bring Back Ideas for Your Chapter:
Plan to attend the Student Chapter Poster Sessions in the Exhibit Hall on Sunday, October 14 from 1:30pm - 6pm to include posters from NCPA Business Plan teams and chapters presenting successful projects completed over the past year. Obtain new ideas to bring back to your chapter for business plan development and chapter projects!

Network, Network, Network:
Think of questions you would like to ask independent pharmacy owners and pharmacists who are also attending Convention. There's no better place to network and gain invaluable knowledge than at the Annual Convention.

Finally, meet your SLC Members!
We are here to help you and your chapters succeed. Look for the blue SLC buttons we will be wearing at the Student Programming and for the duration of the meeting. Please do not hesitate to come up and say, "Hi!" We love to meet and talk to new and returning chapter members!

Patients' Pharmacy Choice, Mail Order Headaches Voiced in New NCPA Video
"Mail Order Madness" Debuts at

Some common patient complaints regarding mail order pharmacies and their captive consumers' lack of choice to switch to another pharmacy if they encounter poor service are highlighted in a new video released by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).

The short feature entitled "Mail Order Madness" touches on several concerns that patients have voiced to pharmacists and elsewhere regarding mail order pharmacy: unsatisfactory customer service; wasteful "auto-shipping" of medication even when a prescription has changed or is no longer needed; and the wait for prescriptions to be processed and mailed (or sometimes lost in the mail or misdelivered). The video is available for viewing at—a website that educates health plan sponsors and patients about how the cost and value of their prescription benefit can be negatively impacted by middlemen known as pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), which often also own mail order pharmacies.

"The point of this video is simple: Patients need and deserve the ability to choose a pharmacy in their health plan that best meets their needs and those of their family for quality, convenience and cost-effective care," said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA. "Surveys indicate that the vast majority of patients prefer to use a local pharmacy for a face-to-face health care experience. The choice of going to your local pharmacy or using mail order pharmacy is a decision that should be left to patients because mail order is not for everyone. Unfortunately mandatory mail order plan designs limit patients to one pharmacy. Unlike a community pharmacy where patients can 'vote with their feet', mail order's captive customers have no ability to go anywhere else."

"Mail Order Madness" follows an earlier video entitled "The Third Wheel", which was released July 11, 2012 in conjunction with the launch of the website.

Student Chapter Project Opportunity—NCPA Foundation Bone Marrow Donor Drive
The NCPA Foundation is inviting NCPA members and NCPA Student Chapters to help save lives by participating in the annual National Community Pharmacy Bone Marrow Donor Drive with DKMS, the world's largest bone marrow donor center. The drive is November 5-10, 2012. To receive more details, please email by October 20.

America's Pharmacist is Now Available Wherever You Are
NCPA's official magazine, America's Pharmacist, is now digital! Beginning this month, instead of a print edition, student members can only access this magazine online and on mobile devices. You'll get the same great content with navigation, social media links, bookmarks and notes, and even Google language translation. And now, whether you're on campus or not, you'll never miss an issue.

Simply logon with your member ID and password for free access to the current issue along with a searchable archive of previous issues to download CE or any articles.

To access your digital copy today, visit


September 27, 2012

Dates & Deadlines

October 13-17, 2012
NCPA 114th Annual Convention
and Trade Exposition,
San Diego, CA

November 5 – 10, 2012
NCPA Foundation Bone Marrow Donor Drive

December 31, 2012
NCPA Elective Rotation in Association Management Application Deadline

Has Your Chapter Completed a Successful Chapter Project?
Share a brief description of your successful chapter project and the results of your efforts in your school and/or community. We want to recognize NCPA student chapters for their outstanding efforts and share your ideas and success stories with other NCPA student chapters. Contact NCPA Student Affairs at to share your story to be posted in the Chapter Highlights section of the NCPA website.

NCPA Outreach Visits for Fall 2012
Are you interested in a visit to your School/College of Pharmacy from NCPA staff, NCPA Ambassadors (NCPA Member Owners) and/or an NCPA Student Leadership Council representative? We would be happy to coordinate a visit with you! Please contact NCPA Student Affairs at and provide us with dates of availability when known.

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